Welcome to the Balboa Angling Club

We are a family of fishing men, women and children who all love the outdoors, the strike of a fish and the satisfaction of the Catch or Release.
All BAC members enjoy fellowship, fishing programs, seminars, recognition, trophies, awards, newsletters, an IGFA certified weigh station, an exclusive fishing hot-line to give you the latest fishing reports, access to world wide tournaments and a great clubhouse to enjoy beautiful Newport Bay during our gatherings.

We Sponsor the prestigious “Master Angler Billfish Tournament”, the "Junior Angler’s Tournament" and participate in most other tournaments in Southern California. We have “Pot Luck” parties on the BAC clubhouse deck several times a year and celebrate an annual trophy awards event.
We encourage conservation and are closely affiliated with many conservation groups including International Game Fish Association, Billfish Foundation, and the Pacific Fisheries Enhancement Foundation in conjunction with Hubbs/Seaworld Research Institute, where we operate and manage the White Seabass grow out pens here in Newport Beach.
We invite you to join us at the Balboa Angling Club and believe that once you're a member, you'll be hooked for life!
Visit our clubhouse at:
200 “A” Street, Balboa, CA 92661
Call us at (949) 673-6316
Click here to join us today!








Marlin Satellite Tagging Fund

08/13/2014 13:08

For the first time ever, Balboa Angling Club’s Master Angler Billfish Tournament (MABT) will be part of the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) Great Marlin Race.  Through the use of satellite tags, researchers at Stanford University will be able to track Striped Marlin migrations for up to 180 days.  The cost of each tag is $4,500.  All donations are tax deductible since IGFA and Stanford University are both 501(c)3 organizations.


If you’d like to be part of the 2014 MABT Great Marlin Race this is your chance to be involved in a cutting-edge billfish research program.  This effort will help improve our understanding of the distribution, population structure and biology of Striped Marlin while involving recreational anglers and the general public in the research process.  Ultimately, this data will help fishery managers make informed decisions about managing billfish populations in a way that will ensure their long-term survival.  Once satellite tag(s) have been deployed you'll be able to track your marlin online at the IGFA website.

Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated.   Every dollar raised will be applied towards deploying one or more satellite tags on behalf of the Balboa Angling Club.  Individuals, MABT teams and anglers, tournament sponsors, etc. are all welcome to participate.  And, remember your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.


To donate, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/2014MABT


Thank you in advance for your donation.

Newport Harbor Bay Bass Open to be held August 23rd

07/30/2014 11:50

Saturday, August 23rd is the date set for the Newport Harbor Bay Bass Open hosted by the Balboa Angling Club.  A entry fee of $60 covers all anglers (3 maximum). 

The rules include Spotted Bay Bass only with a minimum of 13”.  Lures only.  No live or dead bait, no trolling, and there will be no line testing requirements.  Lines in at 5:00 a.m. and lines out at 1:00 p.m.  All fish must be weighed in by 2:00 p.m. at the Balboa Angling Club.

A 3 fish total weight will determine the winners.  1st through 3rd place trophies will be awarded to the winners.  The awards ceremony will take place at the Balboa Angling Club dock on Sunday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m.


For an entry form, click here.

Master Angler Billfish Tournament

06/17/2014 16:18

The Balboa Angling Club welcomes all fishing clubs and invite you to participate in the oldest and most prestigious Marlin Tournament on the West Coast – The MABT – Master Angler Billfish Tournament.  With the approaching El Nino warming waters and great marlin fishing it’s time to formulate your fishing teams for the Masters.


This year the Masters will be included in The Great Marlin Race, a network of tournaments in conjunction with the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) and Stanford University where archival tags are placed in marlin with a 180 day tracking record retrieved.  The sponsor whose marlin travels the farthest during the Great Marlin Race wins.  Data information used to determine migratory patterns, management decisions and the better acknowledgement of the oceans resources.


I’ve enclosed some information for you to help promote the use of satellite tags during our tournament and possibly sponsor a tag for your club.  The cost is $4,500 per tag and it is our hope that your anglers will sponsor at least one tag per club.  The Great Marlin Race is being held during the Masters, any tackle can be used for the satellite tagging as long as the fish is released in healthy condition.


Should you have any questions or wish to sponsor a satellite tag, please contact either John JD Doughty (949) 723.0883 or Bob Kurz, our Southern California IGFA Representative (949) 495.7272.


Thank you in advance for your participation in the MABT and the IGFA’s Great Marlin Race.



Join the BAC Today!

06/07/2014 00:00

We invite you to join the Balboa Angling Club and believe that once you're a member, you'll be hooked for life!  Click here for a Membership Application.


2014 Junior Tournament

06/01/2014 13:38

This year's Junior Tournament runs from June 14th through September 14th.  The idea is to catch as many species as you can!  Weigh in your game fish and count your releases of all species.  Everyone wins!  Awards Banquet to be held Sunday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m.  Everybody wins!  For more information, contact Amy at the Balboa Anglng Club 949.673.6316 


To download the Junior Tournament Entry, click here.

Questions and Suggestions

11/15/2012 01:12

Do you have any questions for us? Please    contact us    via email at  balboaanglingclub@sbcglobal.net  and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. We appreciate any feedback you might have because it helps us to continue to improve the club.